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Planning Your Next Bucket List of Alluring Experiences for 2021


Portugal is a stunning country that is renowned for its history, divine cuisine, natural lands of incredible beauty, and delicious wine. But in recent years, people are starting to discover the ‘real’ Portugal in the shape of secret little gems hidden away from mainstream tourism. So, we want to share with you, the travel elite, the opportunity to realize some of the most unique and luxurious travel experiences that you can do in this amazing country.

From the enchanting Douro Valley and city of Porto, down to the alluring vibes of Lisbon, through the tranquil Alentejo and on to the dreamy beaches of the Algarve, we will show all the possibilities you can do and more. After all, it doesn't need to be on this list, we can make all your dreams come true.

Here are top picks for a memorable and very unique trip.


Wine Tasting in a Secret Cellar in Algarve

The winery of Vila Vita Parc has a Gothic style and is located 8 meters (26 ft.) below ground, built with bricks made in Egypt, Austria, and Greece more than 150 years ago. The cellar houses 11,000 bottles of wine from all around the world which are kept with all the Sommelier's attention and affection. The deep cellar is the testimony of the perfect temperature and humidity conditions required to harbor a collection of over 1,300 references of the best wines from Portugal and around the World. In addition, on this tour, you will have the chance to dine at the wine cellar and experience its atmosphere. The menu is elaborated by the Executive Chef whilst the selection of wines has been chosen by the experienced team of sommeliers.


Unveil the Archaeological Treasures of Evora

Evora is a unique city, that is full of important historical monuments, in which some are in the open sky. It is known for its Roman history after the Romans settled here in 57 BC. As a result, you will find the ruins of a Roman temple here that is thought to have been built between the second and third centuries. After the Roman invasion, Evora was recaptured by Christian armies, which explains the presence of the Se, a cathedral consecrated in 1204 and built in the Romanesque, baroque, and gothic styles. And by the way, don't forget to visit the chapel of bones.


The Brightly Colored Ceramic Tiles - "Azulejos"

While in Portugal, you will find these brightly colored ceramic tiles that adorn numerous fountains, churches, and palaces, including throughout the country. It is also possible to learn this very unique Portuguese art. Find more here.


Go aboard at a Yacht Charter in Algarve

There is plenty to see and do across the beautiful country of Portugal. Yet, have you considered how beautiful Portugal is from the sea? With 943 kilometers of coastline, there are stunning views, private beaches waiting to be discovered, and unique rock formations, that very few actually get to behold it inside. Besides this, you can add any experience at the board like lunch, wine tastings, private Chef, and in the end enjoy the warm waters through a swim and let your skin be sun-kissed.


Stay at a Luxurious Home in the heart of a Fishing Village in Algarve

Be charmed by these extraordinary townhouses in the heart of Salema beach. The Townhouse - Estrela do Mar is located in the center of the old village of Salema. This unique house was previously two quaint fishermen's townhouses that were remodeled maintaining the existing typical structural design. The two buildings have been merged to create a very original and unique complex made up of two annexes, allowing for a family of four or two couples to enjoy the typical village Portuguese life, right on the beach, as you can see on the image the townhouse has direct access to the sandy beach right in front. Furthermore, the decor is simple yet elegant, in which all the decor details are the typical ones that you will find in a beach house, and is composed of two bedrooms and an incredible terrace with views to the beach and a grill.

The Townhouse - Sol e Mar is located in the heart of Salema village and is just three meters from the golden-sandy beach. This lovely house combines the architectural history of the village and the contemporary Portuguese decor, creating a sense of harmony with the place, with fantastic views of the beautiful Salema beach and the Atlantic ocean. This four-story property consists of four independent units, two Junior Suites, and two Studio suites, complemented by an ample social area located on the top floor sunroof terrace.


Own a Historic Palace for a day at Palacio da Bolsa in Porto

Choose a Palace to have lunch or an event just for your loved ones. Everything will be devoted to exclusive and personalized attention to your event. The Kitchen Team will prepare the most adequate menus, presenting them with all the refinement, so that your guests have a unique experience. The excellence of the Room Service will be in charge of an experienced and attentive team to all details. It will be a special pleasure to prepare for you our most inspired menus, created by Chef Fernando Santos, fluent in different concepts and gastronomic currents. From the simplest to the most exquisite event, we bet on a creative fusion between traditional Portuguese gastronomic flavors and modern cuisine, after all, innovation and gastronomic creativity are values that will help to make your event be memorable and unique.


Go Shopping Your Luxury Goods at Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon

Every world-class city has one—a shopping area whose name alone is recognized for haute couture, high-end leather goods, stunning jewelry, and fine fragrances. Lisbon’s Avenida da Liberdade certainly deserves your visit. The boulevard is home to fashionable mansions and of course, designer boutiques. If you prefer it is possible to close one of your favorite shops and while inside searching for the design that will make you a hit in your next big event, you can also add some wine tastings or why not a private fashion show where you can see all your favorite designs in different perspectives? It is up to you, just let us know and we will book it for you.


Be a Different Kind of Painter and Paint with Wine in the Douro Valley

In this fantastic experience that can be done at Quinta da Pacheca, you will probably develop your hidden painting skills or perhaps acquire a new one. This experience is one of a kind, where the paints are substituted by the wines. Moreover, at the end of the experience, you will have this painting to keep as a memory or to offer as a unique gift to your friends and family.

Of course, this is just some of the many things that you can do. Take a look at our Wine & Fodd Authentic Workshops in Alentejo.

By booking your 2020 or 2021 tour in Portugal with us you will have flexibility in the future, plus our Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. Through these unique times, we are available to plan, reschedule, and move your trip around your needs, as always. If your new dates may no longer work with your initial travel plan, a dedicated consultant will be available to tailor and reschedule your tour in Portugal according to your needs and preferences, and to assure you that you will have the best and most memorable experiences.

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